Noel Gallagher praises new U2 live show and calls it a ‘psychedelic experience’

The former Oasis man saw the band in San Jose on Tuesday (May 19)

Noel Gallagher has described seeing U2 live as the band kick off their North American tour.

The Irish band played the fourth show of their ‘Innocence and Experience’ stint, performing at the SAP Center at San Jose on Tuesday (May 19).

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Speaking after the show, Gallagher described the performance as “a great leap forward”, adding, “It was theatre. It starts off as a punk rock gig but then it gets intimate, there’s a lot of truth in it about where they come from and the people that they are. At points it’s quite touching when you see footage of people like Bono’s mum and his kids, stuff like that, walking up the street they grew up on.”

“Visually the band were explaining it to me for a good six months but I still had no idea about this screen they were talking about, it didn’t make much sense to me at all – most things don’t with Bono at four o clock in the morning. But tonight, I don’t like to use the phrase, but this is a game changer, not only for them but for shows in general. It is something completely different.”

Gallagher also told U2’s official website, “For people who haven’t seen it, they play inside of a video screen and it’s something else, it’s like watching a television but you kind of forget sometimes that they are actually there on stage and they are playing live. It’s a psychedelic experience… It was staggering – and only the fourth show. I can’t wait to see it again.”

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U2 kicked off their world tour in Vancouver on last week (May 14). The show saw guitarist The Edge falling off the edge of the stage during their final song ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’.

Bono and co also paid tribute to late blues guitarist BB King at a show last Friday (May 15), performing their 1988 collaboration ‘When Love Comes To Town’. King passed away the day prior.

Watch Noel Gallagher discuss his love for U2 in a video interview below.